It seems that everyone is talking about going green, and eating organically. So is it healthier?
Many food stores are following suit and are stocking their shelves with organic food. This leaves many to wonder; is organic food is really better for the environment? Is it better for your health? What is the best food to buy organic? Organically grown foods are a little more expensive. It is good to have all the facts before taking the plunge into an organic lifestyle.
Organic food is better for the environment.
When growing organic grains, fruits and vegetables farmers use sustainable practices. This means that are only using natural methods to control pests and weeds. Organic farmers their rotate crops, which protects the land from being stripped of vital nutrients. They also use natural fertilizers like compost instead of chemical fertilizers. Chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides have been linked to the contamination of aquifers, lakes and streams.
Free range, organic meat, chicken and eggs are better for the environment in several ways. Organically raised animals are fed organic feed and grass. They are usually aloud to graze naturally as they would in nature. The animal waste is free of chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers so it can be used as compost and is not wasted and thrown in a landfill.
Organic food is better for you.
Chemical pesticides and herbicides work by building up in the bodies of the bugs and weeds they are killing. When they are used in the process of growing food, they contaminate the food, and then they also build up in the human body. Some of these chemicals have been linked to cancer, and have been proven to affect hormone production levels in the body.
Farms that use conventional methods have been known to use too much chemical fertilizers and the run off ends up in our drinking water. Chemicals from fertilizer have been linked to breast cancer in women and chemical sensitivity in children.
Organic milk, meat, eggs and poultry are free of added hormones, chemicals, and antibiotics. Added hormones, used to make cows produce more milk, are thought to cause earlier periods in girls, and has a possible connection to childhood obesity. Feeding cows their natural diet of grass and allowing them to graze in fields, not only adds to the animal’s quality of life. It reduces the need for antibiotics for infections in their digestive tract. This means less unneeded human exposure to antibiotics.
Tip: Even if you can not find organic beef, only buy grass fed. Stay away from corn fed beef. Corn fed cows have a low quality of life, and farmers have to use antibiotics to prevent gut infections.
Organic poultry is fed an organic food so, there is less chance of toxic substances building up in their meat. Many experts also believe that the less stressful environment for the chickens produce a tastier and more nutritious bird.
Buying organic will not only make you healthier, it will make the planet healthier too.
Tip: If you want to be healthier still and have an even bigger positive effect on the environment, eat food local to your area.